DETROIT (WWJ) – More than a dozen Metro Detroit communities have declared snow emergencies due to a storm that brought 2-5 inches of winter precipitation to the region overnight.

Every city has different rules for a snow emergency, but, basically, a snow emergency means residents must move their cars off city streets. If the cars are not moved, the car could be towed and/or the owner could be ticketed.

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WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton says when four inches of snow accumulates in an hour’s time, that’s the signal to get your car off the road fast so the city can plow.

“You don’t wanna move your car?  No problem! This city will do it for you, and ticket you, and fine you, and make you pay — and it could cost you hundreds of dollars,” Langton said. “Of course, you have a right to a court hearing, but your chances of winning are like a snowball’s chance ….”

Langton said, if you don’t have a driveway, some communities do offer a special permit allowing residents to keep a single vehicle on the street.

Snow Emergencies Wednesday:

Beverly Hills




Garden City

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Huntington Woods


Mt. Clemens


Royal Oak

St Clair Shores




Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. (Check out the latest forecast HERE).

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